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Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VM-13-LMP-801280

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$81,823.00 to $125,695.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, December 18, 2012 to Friday, January 04, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Albany, NY United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


VacancyID: 801280 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

America's Veterans need you!

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  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.


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This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-14. At the GS-13 grade level, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-14. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds.


The Supervisory General Engineer serves as the Chief of the Facility Management Service of the Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albany, New York. The person in this position will be responsible for facilities engineering and maintenance; industrial safety engineering; broad oversight of the facility's environment of care; and the development of short, medium, and long term facility modernization plans.

Major duties and responsibilities include:

  • Provides broad oversight through the Facility's Environment of Care Committee to a variety of diverse programs and services, such as occupational health, industrial hygiene, radiation protection, hazardous communication and industrial waste management.
  • Serves as principal advisor to the Medical Center Director and all levels of management regarding current and proposed facilities engineering and maintenance programs.
  • Performs supervisory and managerial oversight, planning, programming, budgeting and executing the Facility Management Program.
  • Supervises employees who specialize in developing, coordinating and implementing major level management tasks for defined functional areas (facilities, major construction, unspecified minor construction, master planning, space planning/utilization, energy utilization, utilities privatization, real property, real estate, Integrated Training Area Management (ITAM) and Installation Status Reporting (ISR)).
  • Plans, directs, integrates and evaluates engineering and environmental management work order actions.
  • Advises senior management, department managers, and care line managers regarding Facility Management Service program objectives and requirements.
  • Assigns work to professional subordinates, and interfaces on a peer basis with managers, equivalent contractor personnel, hospital staff members, and members of outside community. Evaluates the organizations workload (criticality, complexity, difficulty, volume, etc.) and plans accomplishment of same, dividing responsibilities into specific projects/work areas based on overall mission objectives, project urgency, skills and resources availdble.
  • Plans work to be accomplished by subordinates setting immediate priorities and preparing schedules for completion of work.
  • Develops, defends and obligates the budget allocated for the Facility Management Service.
  • Employs internal control procedures and conducts appropriate internal reviews to ensure all processes are under control and performed in accordance with public law/regulatory directives. Approves employees leave.
  • Takes disciplinary actions as necessary.
  • Establishes performance standards and evaluates/rates work performance of subordinates giving advice, counsel, or instruction to employees on both work and administrative matters.
  • Prepares job descriptions for all office positions and work team managers/supervisors within FMS. Approves awards for personnel and changes in position classification.
  • Interviews candidates for FMS office and work team leader positions, makes decision for appointment, promotion or reassignment.
  • Hears and resolves complaints from employees referring group grievances and more serious unresolved complaints to a higher level.
  • Identifies developmental and training needs of employees, and provides or arranges for needed developmental assignments and training.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm.



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Your resume/application must demonstrate that you possess the following qualification requirement(s).

BASIC REQUIREMENT: To qualify for the 801 series ALL applicants must meet one of the following:

1) A Degree in Professional Engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)3 as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.


2) A combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • Professional registration -- Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Boards eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.
  • Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
  • Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A above.
  • Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

IMPORTANT: You must submit a copy of unofficial transcripts and/or other documentation in order for a determination to be made regarding meeting the basic requirement in order to receive consideration.


In addition to the Basic Requirement you must meet the following minimum requirements for each grade level you apply for:

TO QUALIFY FOR THE GS-13 GRADE LEVEL:  Applicants must possess one full year of technical experience as a Lead General Engineer equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-12). General Engineer experience would include a working knowledge of engineering, construction, project management, and coordinating the development of architectural designs on highly complex projects within a hospital, medical center, or equivalently complex organization. At this level applicants should have served as a lead engineer, providing guidance to lower levels coworkers.  The professional engineering experience required for this position is defined as non-routine engineering work that required and was characterized by (1) professional knowledge of engineering; (2) professional ability to apply such knowledge to engineering problems; and (3) positive and continuing development of professional knowledge and ability. NOTE: Experience must be fully documented on your resume/OF-612 and must include job title, duties, month & year starting and ending dates AND hours worked per week.

TO QUALIFY FOR THE GS-14 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants must possess one full year of supervisory and technical experience as a Supervisory General Engineer equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-13). General Engineer experience would include a working knowledge of engineering, construction, project management, strategic planning process, and coordinating the development of architectural designs on highly complex projects within a hospital, medical center, or equivalently complex organization. Supervisory experience would include establishing guidelines and performance expectations for staff, observing workers' performance, developing work improvement plans, setting goals, and handling human resources activities. The professional engineering experience required for this position is defined as non-routine engineering work that required and was characterized by (1) professional knowledge of engineering; (2) professional ability to apply such knowledge to engineering problems; and (3) positive and continuing development of professional knowledge and ability. NOTE: Experience must be fully documented on your resume/OF-612 and must include job title, duties, month & year starting and ending dates AND hours worked per week.

A Quality Ranking Factor* has been identified to help determine which of the basically qualified applicants are likely to be better qualified for a position at the GS-14 level. The quality ranking factor for this position is: "Experience managing engineering staff within a hospital/medical center environment."

*Quality Ranking Factors are skills, knowledge, abilities, or other worker characteristics which could be expected to result in superior performance on the job. Quality ranking factors will not be used for screening, but may be used as ranking criteria and must be demonstrated in the application package to receive credit. Applicants with higher proficiency levels may rank above those with lower proficiency levels on a quality ranking factor.

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

  • Ability to plan, organize and direct the activities of an Engineering Service in a health care setting.
  • Knowledge of all areas of an Engineering Service in order to supervise and direct activities in these areas (planning, design, construction, clinical engineering, maintenance and operations and interior design sections)
  • Knowledge of regulations, codes, requirements, guides and policies related to the engineering program.
  • Ability to understand and further management goals, as they affect day-to-day operations, and long term planning for a health care system.
  • Ability to plan and adjust Engineering Service workload and support to meet changing requirements.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work is primarily sedentary, although some physical effort may be required, e.g., walking, standing, carrying light items such as manuals or briefcases, or driving or traveling by motor vehicle.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at .

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications.  Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.

Veteran's Preference:

When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.  If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference ," (go to and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit



Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:

  • Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
  • Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
  • Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
  • Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.

After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group.  Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group.  The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview.  The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.


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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities  (go to   For additional information on these, and other special appointing authorities, refer to this checklist or contact the hiring Human Resources Management Service at: 113 Holland Ave
Albany, NY 12208


Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at   

VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

You may be required to serve a probationary period.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application (See "Required Documents" section below).  The complete Application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, January 04, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button on the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.  To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: .
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 801280.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


The following documents are required:

  1. Resume
  2. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire
  3. Other documents - Use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for well-qualified, displaced Federal employees), or documentation to support Veterans Preference claims.  You will not be contacted for additional information.


VHA Nationwide DEU
Phone: (501)257-4134
Agency Information:
VHA DEU Coatesville
Thank You, AR


After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address.  Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

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